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Vic Damone Dies: Legendary Singer, TV and Movie Star, Personal Trump Friend, Was 89

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Monday, 12 February 2018 11:54 AM

Legendary singer Vic Damone, a crooner who found fame in the 1940s and 1950s with hits like "I Have But One Heart" and "You Do," has died. He was 89.

Damone passed away on Sunday in Miami Beach, Florida surrounded by relatives, his family said in a statement, per Reuters.

Damone appeared in television and movies in the 1960s and also had hits with "An Affair to Remember" and "On the Street Where You Live."

New York-born Damone was the son of an Italian-American electrician and was inspired to launch a singing career by Frank Sinatra, with whom he later became friends.

Damone was also a personal friend of U.S. President Donald Trump, the family said.

In 1962, he hosted his own television variety show “The Vic Damone Show” on NBC, after appearing in movie musicals “Hit the Deck” and “Kismet” in the 1950s.

In 1971, Damone began performing in Las Vegas casinos, and in 1972 he was offered the role of singer Johnny Fontane in “The Godfather” movie but turned it down. The role ultimately went to Al Martino.

Damone released his final album in 2002 and gave his final public performance in 2011 at the age of 82, when he sang to a sold-out crowd in Palm Beach, Florida.

His autobiography, “Singing Was the Easy Part,” was released in 2009.

Dame was married five times and is survived by his six grandchildren.

He died at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach from what is thought to be complications from respiratory failure.

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